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  1. vwl

    Writing Stages of Life

    Good for you and best of luck.
  2. High praise to Gay Vacation Companion by lomax61, now complete at GayAuthors.org: https://www.gayauthors.org/story/lomax61/gay-vacation-companion/ It is foremost a fine romance, though in a gay context, with strong principal characters and a storyline that is hard to put down. Look it over. By the way, it is well edited and literate.
  3. An intriguing four-chapter start. Worth reading so far. https://www.nifty.org/nifty/gay/college/the-brownstone-on-union-park/the-brownstone-on-union-park-1
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    Camp Refuge

    Camp Refuge is now complete and well worth the read. I'll be shifting the comments to the Roamin Reader forum shortly.
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    Camp Refuge

    At chapter 25, Camp Refuge is still engaging.
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    Camp Refuge

    Still going strong at Chapter 11.
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    The Quarry

    Author Driver has been silent for too long, but his stories still are available. One called The Quarry has been reposted at: http://www.dabeagle.net/storymainpages/QuarryHome.html One of the best authors.
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    Camp Refuge

    I'm enjoying Camp Refuge through Chapter 3; it's a solid start that I hope can be built upon. The address is https://www.nifty.org/nifty/gay/beginnings/camp-refuge/camp-refuge-1 Let me (and the author) know if you like it.
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    Guarded is about to be completed, so this will be my last recommendation here. I'll move the recommendation to another forum when completed. The story continues to be engrossing, with interesting twists as it goes along. No change in my recommendation: a fine story.
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    I'm enjoying Guarded https://www.nifty.org/nifty/gay/beginnings/guarded/ a lot. What I like is that the gay relationship is only part of the story; there is another major meme at play. As is common with Nifty stories from apparently new authors is the need for some editing but not enough that the story is difficult or unpleasant to follow. Wayne G has made a rapid transition from an enjoyable and completed but episodic story https://www.nifty.org/nifty/gay/beginnings/waynes-journal to Guarded, with a more tightly constructed plot. Seeing rapid growth in an author is very welcome. Apart from the episodic nature of the story, my major complaint is too much explicit sex, a common fault of Nifty writers, but those scenes can be scanned quickly to get back to the main story. Let me know if you like Guarded.
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    The em dash

    I ran into this link on the use of the em dash: https://themillions.com/2018/01/regarding-the-em-dash.html
  12. One doesn't have to agree with the political/religious perspective to respect the points made: https://www.prageru.com/videos/im-gayconservativeso-what
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    Starting Over, by Tony A

    I'm liking Starting Over, by Tony A on IOMFAtS.org: iomfats.org/storyshelf/hosted/tony-a/ The premise is that a high-school jock hit maliciously in a football game has lost his memory, but one of the persons he does remember is a boy with whom he was paired in a chemistry lab (and who was expected to do all the work so that the football jock could pass the course). The boy is gay. The editing is only so-so.
  14. I realize people have been overwhelmed by the number of posts in this forum, but here's a new one, anyway. I just finished an e-book on my Kindle and noticed an acknowledgement of an editor and the editor's company, so I looked them up. the company is InvisibleInkEditing.com, which provides services (at a fee, of course) to prepare for electronic publishing from initial review of a draft to proofreading and finally formatting for publication on one of the various sites, such as Amazon. For those authors wanting to move to the next stage, take a look.
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    The Discerning Palate

    I highly recommend The Discerning Palate by Noel Blue as well as his earlier serial novel The Groupie. The writing is excellent, the characters interesting and the plot well done. My only drawback is that Noel Blue is often slow to update. The Discerning Palate is finished through Chapter 8, so there is a lot to read. Here it is: https://www.nifty.org/nifty/gay/adult-friends/the-discerning-palate/ I'd appreciate it if you also find this story worth reading and put a note in this forum.